Events

Every Monday and Thursday

Weekly Coffee Mornings

All members are welcome to join us at Brambles restaurant in our Quadrant Department stores in Chelmsford every Monday or Braintree every Thursday, for a mix of quizzes, guest speakers, fun and friendship. All in attendance will receive a heavily discounted drink of their choice.

Speaker List updated 30th Sept 2022

Location:

Chelmsford Quadrant
220 Moulsham Street
Chelmsford

Braintree Quadrant
George Yard Shopping Centre
Braintree

Time:

10am for a 10.30am start. Lasts up to 1 hour.

October 6, 2022

You’re invited to our Macmillan Coffee Morning

You’re invited to our Macmillan Coffee Morning

Please come along and join in the fun…

  • raffle
  • quiz
  • cakes with tea/coffee
  • talk

Please bring some spare change to help us raise funds for Macmillan.

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Location:

9-15 George Yard
Braintree
CM7 2QA

Time:

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

October 10, 2022

Interim Meeting of Members

Interim Meeting of Members

Monday, 10th October 2022 at 6.30pm* in the Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Duke Street, Chelmsford CM1 1JE

AGENDA 

  1. To receive the Directors’ Interim Report & Trading Statement for the 28 weeks ended 13th August 2022.
  2. Management Presentation:
  • Review of 2022/23 trading year and prospects.
  • Membership activity report.
  1. Appointment of Rickard Luckin as Auditor.

 

Notice of a Special Meeting of Members

to be held on Monday, 10th October 2022 at the Council Chamber, Chelmsford CM1 1JE immediately after the conclusion of the Society’s Interim Meeting of Members to consider changes to the Society’s Rules.

The sole purpose of this meeting is to consider the Board of Directors recommended complete Rule change and if thought fit to adopt changes to the Society’s Rules.

For more information please click here. 

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Location:

Civic Centre, Duke Street
Chelmsford
CM1 1JE

Time:

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

October 19, 2022

Members' Trip: Scenic Cruising Along The Norfolk Broads

Members’ Trip: Scenic Cruising Along The Norfolk Broads

Wednesday 19th October 2022

£49 per person (Members only)

Join us on this coach trip to the picturesque village of Horning on the Norfolk Broads. Horning is a delightful waterside broadland village and if you only visit one Broadland village, then Horning has to be that one ! The village lines the northern bank of the River Bure, stretching for about a mile, and has many waterside properties (best viewed from a boat). There are waterside pubs, shops, restaurant, tea-rooms, boat trips and other attractions to enjoy.

Upon arrival, there will be time to purchase lunch before we board the Mississippi Paddle Steamer at 3pm pm for the 1 ½ hour cruise . On board there will be a detailed commentary, identifying points of interest, bird life and information about the area in general.

The upper deck  provides excellent views across the reed beds – the lower deck has plush lounge seating and toilet facilities.  There is also a fully stocked bar on board. Snacks, souvenirs and freshly made tea and coffee are available throughout each cruise.

Included in the price is :

  • Luxury coach travel to Horning, on the Norfolk Broads  
  • Departures from Chelmsford & Braintree
  • Free time to purchase lunch in Horning
  • A 1 ½ hour cruise along the Norfolk Broads, with commentary
  • A Tour Manager to escort the trip

To book your places , please call Elite Tickets on :

01245 477326

Pick up times: 

9am pick  up from bus stop outside Energie Fitness, Victoria Road South

9.30am pick up from Braintree Railway station

 

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Location:

Lower Street
Horning
NR12 8AA

Time:

All Day

October 24, 2022

Member's Fish & Chips Quiz

Member’s Fish & Chips Quiz

Join us at our Members’ Fish & Chip Quiz (Chelmsford Quadrant Store – Brambles Restaurant)

11.30am – 1.30pm

£7 per person. Members only.

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Location:

220 Moulsham Street
Chelmsford
cm2 0ls

Time:

11:30 am - 1:30 pm

November 12, 2022

Members' Trip: Historic Town of Battle, Vineyard Tour with Wine Tasting and Cream Tea

Members’ Trip: Historic Town of Battle, Vineyard Tour with Wine Tasting and Cream Tea

Saturday 12th November 2022

£59 per person

Our first stop will be at the attractive town of Battle, which gets it name from the Battle of Hastings, fought between Harold the Saxon king and William the Conqueror in 1066. It is said that William vowed that should he win the battle he would build an abbey. The abbey was built between 1070 and 1094, and the high altar is believed to have been placed on the spot where Harold fell. Today the Abbey ruins and the battlefield are cared for by English Heritage and are well worth a visit (entrance fees apply).  The imposing Abbey gatehouse built circa 1338 can be seen as you look down the length of the High Street.

Battle has some notable Georgian buildings along its High Street. The cottages and houses near the Abbey date from around 1700. The parish church of St Mary was built in Norman times and for the most part is 12th century in construction. . There can be found a magnificent Romanesque nave, rare 14th-century wall paintings and the stunning Senlac commemorative stain glass window. At the Northern end of the High Street can be found the Almonry which was built in 1090 and now houses the Town Council and the Battle Museum of Local History.

Today, Battle is a thriving market town featuring Georgian and medieval cottages amongst a host of interesting shops, restaurants, historic pubs and tea-rooms. There will be time here to purchase lunch, browse the shops or visit the historic attractions.

After free time, we shall re-board the coach and make our way to Carr Taylor Vineyards in the picturesque Sussex countryside for a vineyard tour, wine tasting and cream tea !

The vineyard was established more than 30 years ago and quickly gained international recognition for its award winning English wines.

Enjoy a guided tour of the vineyard followed by  a tutored wine tasting session providing the opportunity to try a selection of the vineyards wines. This will be followed by a cream tea.

About Carr Taylor Vineyard

Spread across 40 acres of the Hastings countryside, Carr Taylor Vineyard has produced an array of wines for over four decades. Set within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the winery makes both still and sparkling wines, ranging from white and rose to fruit, ginger and mead varieties.. An on-site shop plies the full range of beverages, which are also available to purchase online.

David and Linda Carr Taylor realised their ambition of planting a vineyard when, in 1969, David purchased 21acres of land surrounding his family home in the beautiful East Sussex countryside. The initial planting commenced in 1971 with varieties such as reichensteiner, gutenborner, muller thurgau, dornfelder and the classic champagne varieties, Pinot noir, Pinot meunier and Chardonnay

The glorious summer of 1976 heralded the first commercially viable harvest for the vineyard and some 2000 bottles of Carr Taylor wines were produced! Since then Carr Taylor has gone from strength to strength winning their first award in 1983 in the International Wine and Spirit competition. The following years have seen a succession of medals in international competitions, accruing in excess of 150 awards.

In 1983 an exceptional harvest encouraged the vineyard to experiment with sparkling wine. This venture produced 10,000 bottles of traditionally fermented sparkling wine and resulted in the first commercially available Champagne Method English sparkling wine.

Included in the price is :

  • Luxury coach travel to East Sussex
  • Departures from Braintree and Chelmsford
  • Free time at leisure in historic Battle
  • A coach transfer to the Carr Taylor Vineyard
  • A guided vineyard tour
  • An insight into the history of English wine, and a first-hand look at the production process, winery operations and machinery
  • A tutored wine tasting session
  • Cream tea with tea or coffee
  • A Tour Manager to escort the trip

 

To book your places, please call Elite Tickets on :

01245 477326

£59 per person (Members only)

Pick-up times:
9am pick up from Braintree Railway station
9.30am pick up from bus stop outside Energie Fitness, Victoria Road South

 

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Location:

Butter Cross
BATTLE
TN33 0AE

Time:

All Day

November 24, 2022

Member's Fish & Chip Quiz

Member’s Fish & Chip Quiz

Join us at our Members’ Fish & Chip Quiz (Braintree Quadrant Store – Brambles Restaurant)

11.30am – 1.30pm

£7 per person. Members only.

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Location:

9-15 Rayne Road
Braintreee
CM7 2QA

Time:

11:30 am - 1:30 pm